Liverpool vehicle park fire: Insurance payouts estimated at £20m
Liverpool vehicle park fire: Insurance payouts estimated at £20m
Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service PA The car park on Liverpool’s waterfront is expected to be demolished
13 January, 2018, 00:05
A KESWICK woman who attended the Liverpool International Horse Show at the city's Echo Arena on New Year's Eve said she feared there had been a terrorist attack, as news broke of a fire in the neighbouring multi-storey auto park.
The vehicle park, which sits opposite the Echo Arena, became engulfed in flames after a fire in a Land Rover spread throughout all floors of the building.
The multi-story garage is next to the arena, which was hosting the Liverpool International Horse Show when the blaze broke out.
The fire was accidental but questions have been raised over whether a sprinkler system would have extinguished, or at least slowed-down the impact of the fire.
The fire service said that no one had been seriously injured in the fire, but confirmed it did rescue six dogs from various cars on the site.
The results were released days before a massive fire engulfed the Echo Arena auto park, destroying an estimated 1,400 cars.
The ABI said payments had already been made to some customers for vehicles and belongings lost in the fire. Liverpool city council set up temporary accommodation for people who were unable to travel home after their vehicle was destroyed.
Former Liverpool and England worldwide footballer Mark Wright and his wife Sue, who were visiting the horse show, were forced to abandon their vehicle and fled along with six children who were with them as they dialled 999 for help.
Bob Prattey, chief executive of The ACC Liverpool Group, said: "We can confirm that our future events will be able to proceed as planned following the serious fire which was contained in the Liverpool Waterfront Car Park on New Year's Eve".
Witness Sue Wright, who helped move some of the horses, said flames were shooting out of the Land Rover engine.
The Echo Arena said all people and horses were safe. "It looked like a ball of fire on the front of the auto and it was producing a lot of smoke".
The fire reached temperatures of 1000 degrees C, and required 12 fire engines from neighbouring departments to bring it under control.
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